Definitely lies somewhere between Parker's Spenser series and Tony Hillerman's Jim Chee books. If you enjoy them you'll love Walt Longmire. Great, fun characterizations.
Could not put it down.
I believe this is a well written book from a technical standpoint. There are lots of characters--and they are fully developed. If you like the West, the setting is well developed and described. And described. But the novel goes on forever, and forever, and then some. The plot develops at a snail's pace, and Johnson never introduces a character who doesn't have a backstory--and Longmire never has a thought that doesn't have a backstory--and he tells us the backstory slowly, and in detail. Did they pay him by the word?
In a murder mystery, it's the plot that moves the action and the reader. Plot is what makes us want to turn the page to find out what happens next. This novel is so, so slow to develop. I knew who the killer was by mid-point in the novel and had to wait through endless stories and sub-stories to get to the point where Longmire discovered it. I won't belabor this any more; unlike Johnson, I know when to end the story. If you want atmosphere and backstory, read this novel. Otherwise, look for another author.
The characters are well developed and original. Mr Guidall is a great narrator. Walt is not the usual sheriff but a great person and Henry is someone I would like to know. They would both make great dinner companions.
The plot did drive the story, the murderer was not anyone I expected. I enjoyed this book and listened to it over 2 days. The back story needed to be told, it made the story smooth without saying hurry up and get to today.
The first time I listened to Mr Guidall was in "The Cat Who..." series, the more serious storyline made me really apprecite his talent. Drama has more range than fluff. But we all need fluff occassionally.
I would have liked to, but other commitments prevented it.
I am reading the series and thoroughly enjoying it. When I found out it is a A&E series and I missed two seasons I wished I had found Walt and friends sooner. If you do like the series the books are better. I hope Mr Johnson has many more good ideas and books in him.
I read some reviews that labeled this book as a western genre. Since I am not a western genre reader, but with all the positive review this book received, I was willing to give it a try. Great sense of humor from the main character and his best friend. The narrator of the book made the book even more enjoyable.
Love every character
The scene in the blizzard on the mountain. Literally brought tears to my eyes.
I feel like he makes the book come alive. Its a great story, and every character has depth. I think I would enjoy reading the book, but I simply love listening to it. The man's voice is perfect for the role.
Yes and yes. I laughed out lout several times, and welled up with tears at least once. The main characters are grizzled heroes, titans among men, and yet they all have their flaws. I found myself looking forward to every aspect of the story, even the budding romance scenes.
Great book. I don't usually write reviews, but I feel like I need to promote this one. Best credit I've used since Tales of the Otori.
Really enjoyed this story...this is the 2nd book I have listened to narrated by George Guidall.
Never guessed the killer...I like that in a mystery!
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
HENRY WAS THE DOG THAT WOULDN'T STAY ON THE PORCH
This is a modern western mystery that is more about the characters, then the mystery. You have Henry, the main character, who is the big strong, yet gentle giant, the old sheriff (HE WHO SHEDS HIS LEG), the good looking foul mouth female cop and the town itself seems to have a personality. Add George Guidall and you have something very pleasant to listen to.
COP TRICKS PALE WHEN COMPARED TO MOTHER TRICKS
Johnson is a good writer, which must be obvious, when he can keep the listener interested over ten minutes as two men attempt to change a fuse. The fisherman I follow has given some five star reviews to some of the later books in this series and he rarely gives out five stars. He did not review this one and I am anal enough that I have to start at the beginning.
PAIN, NO I HAVE PLENTY, THANK YOU
I am not a big mystery fan. I am a thriller fan and those two are often put together. This is no thriller and the mystery has a twist, but it is not one of those where when revealed, you say, who I should have figured that out. Your not really given the clues to do the figuring yourself. This sheriff is often politically incorrect, but better then the old sheriff. I had trouble with how often he shared information with the waitress, or anyone who asked. At times the story did drag a little.
George Guidall is the father of Recorded Books and if had not been for his talent, we may not be listening to books today. He does not do a lot of voices, but he adds class to everything he reads.
The reader is fine, just too old to be Walt. Other characterizations are very good.
Like many people, heading west is a lifelong dream. Even as a teen, I could always see myself in Wyoming. Being from Florida, the western life is about as different as one could imagine from my own. This is the only western series I've found interesting and is pretty close to how I imagined that life would be. I love the characters, the scenery descriptions and the situations. Walt is a terrific lawman; mostly by the law but also applied with common sense, firm without being rigid. Vic is a hoot and (ironically) reminds me of my husband: a hard protective shell to defend the soft heart. Henry Standing Bear is someone I'd love to have as a best friend. He's loyal, wise, brave and capably straddles the two worlds in which he lives. Lucian seems more a caricature and gets away with more than is plausible, but he is entertaining.
I do have a couple qualms with the writing. One is the seemingly politically correct handling of the Native Americans. Being 1/8 Indian myself I am equally amazed and baffled by reservation life. Mr. Johnson seems to almost revere the reservation residents and their ancestry to the point of not wanting to offend. Thus, the "bad guys" are almost always white. One can be respectful while remaining balanced.
Another is being able to follow the endings. It seems, and maybe it's just me, that the endings are told in a rush. Most of the endings tie up neatly, but I always have to go back and listen more than once.The books and the TV series are both musts for me, but they are better looked as separate entities. As with most adaptations, changes are made that don't really seem necessary and most don't take away from the effect. Robert Taylor is perfectly cast as Walt Longmire, which makes it difficult to picture him with the narrator being obviously quite a bit older. Overall I love the series and will listen to them all.
I really tried to like this book because of all the great reviews. I even made it half way, but finally gave up. There are too many truly great books to bother finishing this one.
Live on edge of National Forest with lake, birds & wild animals. No more perfect place to indulge life-long love of reading.
Centuries ago Aristotle discussed the concept that the whole could be greater than the sum of the parts. That's a great description of my reaction to this book.
I had read so many positive reviews of this series that I had to find out what it was all about. Many times the first book in a series is a case of the author becoming familiar with the primary characters and developing appropriate themes. I'll keep listening to this series and see if that holds true for Johnson's Walt Longmire books. That is, I suspect that they will continue to just get better and better.
* The characters are wonderfully and appropriately lovable or despicable but with many shades of grey in all of them. I felt as if I were getting to know them as part of a community that I could live in (I do live in the Mts).
* Guidall's narration is a brilliant match to the tenor and tempo of this book. I honestly can't think of any other of my favorites doing it this well.
* The story, while interesting, sometimes meandered (a good Walt Longmire word).
From the very beginning this book made want to sit down in front of a warm fire, my cat(s) on my lap and just sink into the story. It felt like a master storyteller was spinning a great yarn just for me.